Terrence Steyer, M.D.
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
This list of “measures compilations” was compiled by members of the RCMAR Measurement and Methods Core. It is a list of basic, classic, and high quality references in which measures are reviewed. Many of these pertain to measures appropriate to general or patient populations; some focus specifically on measures for older adults, ethnically diverse population groups, and measures tested in Spanish.
American Psychiatric Association, Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, American Psychiatric Association, 2000.
Includes chapters on diagnostic interviews, psychiatric symptoms, mental health, general health, quality of life, adverse effects, stress and life events, family functioning, as well as DSM-IV diagnostic categories.
Lawton, MP, Teresi, JA. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Focus on assessment techniques. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 1994.
This volume evaluates a range of assessment measures with regard to older adults. It addresses topics such as assessment of health, functional disability (ADLs), mental ability, aging and personality, depression, and pain. This book discusses the suitability, strengths, and weakness of various measures and offers current information on the state-of-the-art assessment technology.
Lorig K, Stewart A, Ritter P, Gonzalez V, Laurent D, Lynch J. Outcome Measures for Health Education and Other Health Care Interventions. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications, Inc.; 1996.
Appendices in this book present selected measures of health, patient satisfaction, health profiles, and all measures used in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Study. Spanish versions of self-rated health, pain, the CES-D, arthritis self-efficacy, and the Health Assessment Questionnaire are included.
For updates on these measures, see: http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/research/
McDowell I, Newell C. Measuring Health: A Guide to Rating Scales and Questionnaires, Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press; 1996.
Reviews thoroughly measures of physical disability, social health, psychological well-being, depression, mental status, pain, and general health and quality of life. Includes actual instruments where possible and selected items in some cases.
Robinson JP, Shaver PR, Wrightsman LS. Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Attitudes. San Diego: Academic Press, Inc.; 1991.
Includes reviews of measures of response bias, subjective well-being, self-esteem, social anxiety, depression and loneliness, alienation, interpersonal trust, locus of control, authoritarianism, sex roles, and values. Not focused on aging, but attempt to interpret adequacy of measures. No mention of cross-cultural issues. Includes actual instruments where possible and selected items in some cases.
Skinner JH, Teresi JA, Holmes D, Stahl SM, and Stewart AL (Eds.) Multicultural Measurement in Older Populations. New York: Springer Publishing Company
Contains review articles by various investigators on concepts relevant to cross-cultural research. Includes a few basic overviews of methodological issues, and chapters on acculturation, socioeconomic status, social support, cognitive functioning, depression, and religiosity.
Also appears as a special issue of the Journal of Mental Health and Aging Vol 7, Spring 2001
Spilker B. Quality of Life and Pharmacoeconomics in Clinical Trials, Second Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1996. (1254 pages)
This edited book contains chapters addressing the following: measures of quality of life, methods of validation of measures, how to choose specific measures in specific situations for specific purposes, and quality of life measures for specific conditions. Includes cross-cultural issues and issues of assessment in disadvantaged groups.
Stewart AL, Ware JE, Jr. (Eds.) Measuring Functioning and Well-being: The Medical Outcomes Study Approach. Durham, NC: Duke University Press; 1992.
Describes all steps involved in developing and testing the reliability and validity of the Medical Outcomes Study long-form measures (from which the SF-36 and SF-12 short form measures were derived). Includes measures of physical functioning, psychological distress/well-being, cognitive functioning, health perceptions, energy/fatigue, health distress, social functioning, sexual functioning, role functioning, pain, sleep, and physical/psychophysiologic symptoms.
Streiner D, Norman G. Health Measurement Scales: A Practical Guide to Their Development and Use. Second ed. New York: Oxford University Press; 1995.
Briefly describes the process of conceptualizing and developing measures, including issues of reliability, validity, and ethics. Includes brief but useful descriptions of generalizability theory and item response theory. Presentation is generally user-friendly.
Teresi, JA, Lawton, MP, Holmes, DH, Ory, M. Measurement in Elderly Chronic Care Populations. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 1997.
Provides a review of measures used in chronic care settings to assess individuals whose assessment is complicated by factors such as frailty, perception and communication problems, and advanced cognitive impairment. The book is a resource to researchers and clinicians in the selection of measures that will more accurately describe and predict the status of individuals from chronic care populations.
Vingerhoets, A (Ed). Assessment in Behavioral Medicine, Brunner-Routledge, 2001
Collection of chapters on measurement including social support, coping, patient compliance, pain, fatigue, health, and quality of life.
Wilkin D, Hallam L, Doggett MA. Measures of Need and Outcome for Primary Health Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1992.
Summarizes measures appropriate for use in primary care, including review of concepts and methods of measurement. Chapters include measures of functioning, mental illness and mental health, social support, multidimensional measures, disease-specific measures, and measures of patient satisfaction.